• Milky Way across Theodore Roosevelt National Park

    Theodore Roosevelt

    National Park North Dakota

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    Visitors to the South Unit may experience up to 30 minute delays and rough road conditions due to road construction along East River Road. Construction is expected to be complete by October 1. Check back for updates Updated 08/13/2014 5:16 pm MT

Fire Regime

Fire is an important natural process of the prairie ecosystem in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Without fire for many years, grasslands tend toward woodier plants such as sage and juniper. Fires provide circumstances where fast-growing grasses and forbs flourish. Periodic fires create a mosaic of different-aged grasslands, each with a unique assortment of plants that provide food and refuge for the wide variety of birds and mammals that live in the park.

More information on wildfire, prescribed fire, and fire's role in the park may be found on the park's Fire Management page.

Did You Know?

Theodore Roosevelt had two ranch operations in the Dakota Territory yet did not own any land.

Theodore Roosevelt had two ranch operations along the Little Missouri River - the Maltese Cross Ranch and the Elkhorn Ranch - yet did not own any land in what is now known as North Dakota. More...